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Wednesday, March 7, 2007
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Randolph’s been “macon” Muhlenberg crazy lately, but this time the Mules came out victorious.

In its second spring break game, the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team defeated Randolph-Macon, 7-6, in overtime on a goal by senior Sean Toohill. Muhlenberg is now
Kyle Farris
Junior Kyle Farris (pictured) scored the first goal of the game in the seventh minute, off a pass from classmate Mickey Norton.
6-0 in overtime games since the program was reinstated as a varsity sport.

Last year the Mules faced the Yellow Jackets at home and led just about every statistical category but could not get the ball past the opposing goalie, dropping that game, 6-2.

In this game, an unassisted goal by freshman Ari Jacobson put Muhlenberg up by one in the 49th minute, but Randolph-Macon (0-2) scored a goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 6-6. Then with 16 seconds left, the Yellow Jackets were called for a 30-second offside penalty, steering the Mules (2-0) into overtime on an extra-man advantage.

“I knew that was going to be a great opportunity for us,” Toohill said. “We’ve been playing really well lately when we’re a man up, and we had come close to scoring on a man-up advantage earlier in the game.”

Just as the penalty expired, Toohill scored the game-winner on an assist by senior Cliff Burwell, sealing the game for the Mules.

This wasn’t the first time Toohill scored a game-winning goal in overtime. He did it once before, in 2005, against Kings Point.

“Both times it was off great feeds, so I just had to put the ball in the net,” Toohill said. “I give the credit to the feeder more than me.”

Sharing the spotlight must be a team-wide trend, as the seven Muhlenberg goals and two assists were recorded by eight different players. (corrected 3/12/07)

On the defensive end, sophomore John DeLuca led the Mules with five ground balls.

The faceoffs were another important part of the story for Muhlenberg, as it won 12 of 16 in the game. Junior Tim Martin recorded eight of them off the bench, while Jacobson contributed another three.

The Mules have started the season 2-0 for the second time in three years, and they’re feeling good about it.

“We didn’t want to go down to spring break and lose,” Toohill said, “so it was a great feeling to put the game away and win.”

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Last updated March 7, 2007